Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie

Highest Rated: 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Mummy (2017)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

As the man once voted onto Premiere Magazine's "Top 25 Future Powers Under 35" list, one might suspect that the weight on writer/director Christopher McQuarrie's shoulders could become too heavy to bear with less than a handful of feature films to his credit. Though McQuarrie's talent as an emerging director may have been difficult to gauge given the mixed reaction to his directorial debut, The Way of the Gun (2000), his talent for creating off-beat and believable characters could well be the saving grace that keeps his career in the fast lane. Born in Princeton Junction, NJ, in 1968, McQuarrie attended high school with future collaborator Bryan Singer before relocating to Australia following graduation to work at a boarding school. McQuarrie returned stateside shortly thereafter, finding employment at a New Jersey detective agency in the following few years. His knowledge of the criminal mind paid off when Singer approached him to co-write the screenplay to Singer's debut feature Public Access, and the film went on to win the Grand Jury prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. McQuarrie spent the following year refining his script for Singer's sophomore feature, The Usual Suspects. Following the film's successful premier at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, The Usual Suspects earned McQuarrie an Oscar for Best Screenplay. The film's smart mix of sharp dialogue and quirky characters, combined with a killer twist few saw coming earned the writer a notable reputation as a talent to watch for. After that success, McQuarrie made a series of attempts to deviate from the familiar criminal element in his writing, but all met with rejection from studios. Actor and friend Benicio Del Toro convinced him that he may have a few more lawless yarns to spin, and after scripting television's The Underworld, McQuarrie began work on the film that would ultimately become his directorial debut, The Way of the Gun. Immediately lambasted by critics as a cheap Quentin Tarantino rip-off, audiences seemed a bit more forgiving in response to the film concerning a kidnapping gone awry; and while everyone agreed that the film was by no means a classic, may cited it as a solid start to McQuarrie's career as a director.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mission: Impossible 7 Director Screenwriter 2021
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout Screenwriter Director Producer 2018
16% The Mummy Screenwriter $80.1M 2017
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Producer $58.7M 2016
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Screenwriter $155M 2015
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow Screenwriter $77.2M 2014
71% The Wolverine Screenwriter $132.6M 2013
53% Jack the Giant Slayer Screenwriter $65.2M 2013
63% Jack Reacher Director Screenwriter $80.1M 2012
20% The Tourist Screenwriter $67.7M 2010
No Score Yet Monster of Florence Screenwriter 2010
62% Valkyrie Producer Screenwriter $83M 2008
45% The Way of the Gun Screenwriter Director $5.3M 2000
89% The Usual Suspects Screenwriter 1995
58% Public Access First Cop Screenwriter 1993


30% Persons Unknown
Creator Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer 2010


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